Once upon a time, the stories that came to be known as “fairy tales” were cultivated to entertain adults more than children; it was only later that they were tamed and pruned into less thorny versions intended for youngsters. But in truth, they have continued to prick the imaginations of all ages.
Over the years, authors have often borrowed bits and pieces from these stories, grafting them onto their own writing, creating literature with both new meaning and age-old significance. In the last few decades or so, they’ve also intentionally retold and reinvented the tales in a variety of ways—delightful or dark, wistful or wicked, sweet or satirical—that forge new trails through the forests of fantastic fiction.
This new anthology compiles some of the best modern fairy tale retellings and reinventions from award-winning and bestselling authors, acclaimed storytellers and exciting new talents, into an enchanting collection. Explore magical new realms by traveling with us, Beyond the Woods…
* Introduction: Throwing In – Paula Guran
* Tanith Lee – “Red as Blood”
* Gene Wolfe – “In the House of Gingerbread”
* Angela Slatter – “The Bone Mother”
* Elizabeth Bear – “Follow Me Light”
* Yoon Ha Lee – “Coin of Hearts Desire”
* Nalo Hopkinson – “The Glass Bottle Trick”
* Catherynne M. Valente – “The Maiden Tree”
* Holly Black – “Coat of Stars”
* Caitlín R. Kiernan – “Road of Needles”
* Kelly Link – “Travels with the Snow Queen”
* Karen Joy Fowler – “Halfway People”
* Margo Lanagan – “Catastrophic Disruption of the Head”
* Shveta Thakrar – “Lavanya and Deepika”
* Theodora Goss – “Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon”
* Gardner Dozois – “Fairy Tale”
* Peter S. Beagle – “The Queen Who Could Not Walk”
* Priya Sharma – “Lebkuchen”
* Neil Gaiman – “Diamonds and Pearls: A Fairy Tale”
* Richard Bowes – “The Queen and the Cambion”
* Octavia Cade – “The Mussel Eater”
* Jane Yolen – “Memoirs of a Bottle Djinn”
* Steve Duffy – “Bears: A Fairy Tale of 1958”
* Charles de Lint –“The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep”
* Veronica Schanoes – “Rats”
* Rachel Swirsky – “Beyond the Naked Eye”
* Ken Liu – “Good Hunting”
* Kirstyn McDermott – “The Moon’s Good Grace”
* Peter Straub – “The Juniper Tree”
* Jeff VanderMeer – “Greensleeves”
* Tanith Lee – “Beauty”
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Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. She is also senior editor of Prime's soon-to-launch digital imprint Masque Books. Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced
I didn't take notes on the stories as I read them and it took me 6 months to finish this (there were a lot of things that cut in line because books are rude and that's the drawback to a collection of ...
Probably the best edited collection I've read in a very long time. Most collections are of uneven quality. Beyond the Woods is uniformly wonderful. Some selections I've read before, but very much enjo...
With two stunning and original retellings included, Tanith Lee is about the only author here that stands out from a collection that, in general, doesn't rise above a decent output for me. Sadly, none ...
Beyond the Woods is a collection of short stories that are in some way take offs on classic fairy tales. Like any collection of short stories there were some I liked ("Beauty" and "Coin of heart's des...
Not quite as good as the one I read recently about intersection of forest and fairy tale. some interesting retelling of fairly tales in here though....
Elizabeth Bear's "Follow Me Light" is the best of the stories I had not previously read in other collections....
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold is exactly what it sets out to be - a compilation of fairy tales retold for the modern generation. The modern adult generation. Where fairy tales were once cleaned...
GoodWhile I liked the majority of these stories, only a few truly stood out to me. I did like seeing “modern” twists, but not my favorite form of retellings....
Two time Bram Stoker Award winner has done some impressive edits with this collection....
Full disclosure: I checked this out because I remember reading "Greensleeves" when I was younger and it has stuck with me vaguely, and I wanted to see if it still held up. Unfortunately, the "Greensle...